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QNI seeks views on standards of home nursing care

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The Queen’s Nursing Institute is seeking the views of patients, carers and family members about the nursing care they have experienced in their own homes.

The responses, together with other evidence, will form part of a major report on home nursing to be launched by the QNI in the autumn.

The survey is targeted at patients that have experienced nursing care at home, or carers or family members who have observed nursing care being provided. However, the QNI says it hopes community nurses will encourage their patients to complete the survey.

QNI director Rosemary Cook said: “This kind of first hand, qualitative information is very important in helping us find out what works well in home-based nursing, and where improvements could be made.

“The survey runs until 16 September 2011 and we are keen to gather as much data as possible.”

The QNI’s report on nursing in the home will be launched at the House of Lords on 21 November. It forms part of the institute’s “Right Nurse, Right Skills” campaign. The anonymous survey can be accessed by clicking on this link

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  • My mother is a resident in a care home. She is at the end of life and I would like to say that I am so proud of our Nurses and the Care Home staff who are working closely together to let her remain in what has been her home for 11 years. (I work for the same NHS Trsut as a Senior Manager and am a Registered Nurse). Mums care from the Care Home is superb and they are so well supported by the Community Nursing Team who visit every other day. I am kept involved and consulted with regularly - nothing is too much trouble. They answer all our questions and are working extremely hard to maintain her dignity and ensure she remains safe and comfortable. The care feels almost spiritual. Mum is comfortable and even though not always cooperative the staff work very hard to communicate with her and make her feel safe. I think we should celebrate our Nurses achievements and I for one will always be greatful to both the residential staff and also the Nurses.

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  • I am proud to be a District Nurse and am saddened that my trust no longer support the specialist practitioner course. Especially at this time when more care than ever is being carried out in community.

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